January 2014 archive

The Preatures – Better Than It Ever Could Be

PreaturesIf 2013 wasn’t big enough for The Preatures, with tours, breakthrough singles, cracking the top 20 of the Hottest 100, the five piece have just dropped their new single ‘Better Than It Ever Could Be’, suggesting the ride is far from over.

As soon as ‘Better Than It Ever Could Be’ opens up, you are hit with this gleefully upbeat melody, and you just know that The Preatures have done it again. Isabella Manfredi’s voice forms the incredible centrefold for which the 80s pop inspired melodica just bellows through in support. Next stop is probably world domination for these guys. Easily one of the most exciting bands on the circuit right now.

PBS Live Drive Announcement

Courtney BarnettCommunity Radio Station PBS is back at it again with its annual live drive event delivering a week of in-studio live gigs from the likes of Courtney Barnett, Hiatus Kaiyote and DD Dumbo. The gigs are free to attend to all who want, but space is limited with priority to PBS subscribers/members, so sign up and support these guys if you’re worried you will miss out.

LINE UP:
Monday 3 February 
Forces ­
Miles Brown ­
White Hex ­
Tuesday 4 February ­ 
The Stevens ­
Courtney Barnett ­
School of Radiant Living ­

Wednesday 5 February ­ 
Hiatus Kaiyote ­
DD Dumbo ­
The Harpoons ­
Thursday 6 February ­ 
Harry Howard and the NDE ­
Cherrywood ­
Bad Vision 
Friday 7 February
The Murlocs ­ 
Wonderboy ­
Sugar Fed Leopards­

Groovin’ The Moo Line-Up 2014

GTMGroovin The Moo is back touring the country, with the notable addition of a South Australian date for the first time. Headlined by Disclosure, and backed up by a host of buzz bands from locally and overseas, the festival has unleashed one if its most impressive line-ups to date. Tickets are on sale now, so get along.

The full line-up:

Action Bronson (USA)

Andy Bull

Architecture In Helsinki

Cults (USA)

Disclosure (UK)

Dizzee Rascal (UK)

Holy F**K (CAN)

Illy

The Jezabels

The Jungle Giants

Karnivool

Kingswood

The Kite String Tangle

Loon Lake

The Naked And Famous (NZ)

Parkway Drive

Peking Duk

The Presets

Robert Delong (USA)

Thundamentals

Vance Joy

Violent Soho

Wave Racer

What So Not

Tour dates:

  • Friday, April 25 – Oakbank Racecourse, Oakbank, SA
  • Saturday, April 26 – Maitland Showground, Maitland, NSW
  • Sunday, April 27 – University of Canberra, ACT
  • Saturday, May 3 – Prince Of Wales Showground, Bendigo VIC
  • Sunday, May 4 – Murray Sports Complex, Townsville, QLD
  • Saturday, May 10 – Hay Park, Bunbury, WA

The Murlocs – Space Cadet

Murlocs

The Murlocs dropped ‘Space Cadet’ at the end of last year, and although we only just found it, it is well worth sharing!

‘Space Cadet’ is a belter of an 80s garage rock tune, coated in bluesy reverb so thick you would swear you were deep in Southern US swamp country. I love the raw natural feel of this track, which has allowed The Murlocs to stamp their own identity firmly to their music, and avoided the urge to create a more over produced sound like The Rubens.

Pigeon – Settle In EP Review

Pigeon Settle InBrisbane band Pigeon have just dropped EP number two called ‘Settle In’.

Having cited The Cat Empire as one of their favourite bands and referred to early days experimenting with hip hop beats via ‘how to’ Youtube guides, its easy to see where Pigeon are coming from on this latest record.

Lacking the ferociousness or intensity of The Cat Empire, Pigeon have opted for the more low-fi electro option, and boy have they nailed it. Underpinned by a range of processed hip hop beats, they have managed to produce an album that due to its multitude of influences is easily accessible to the listener, without compromising any quality.

The two released singles, ‘Curtain Call’ and ‘Two Moon Love’ are the major standout tracks, but the catchiness and stirring summery synth of ‘Climbing Trees’ may see that dropped as a single in the not too distant future.

Take nothing away from remaining tracks, ‘Settle In’ and ‘Crowhurst’, which deliver more suave indie electro but lack the punchiness or intensity of the others to have that same anthemic feel to them. Having said that, they are still quality enough to have you reaching for the iPod to check what songs playing when it shuffles on.

The self-proclaimed electro horn rock outfit have really delivered on the 5-track record with their infectious mix of brass, electro and indie rock shining through in an album that will have you dancing up a storm, coated in sweat, and absolutely loving it.

 

MAIDS – Mechanism

MaidsWith synthesizers and the whole EDM movement engrained in almost every indie rock track these days it’s hard to bring something new to the table. But Newcastle’s drummer fronted band MAIDS have come up with an idea so crazy it might just work for them, make it heavy, and make it weird.

Mechanism is a thumping three minutes of head banging good times, Vocalist/Drummer Sean Cook looks to be channeling Justin Hawkins (The Darkness) with his high pitched wailing whilst providing a simple but effective beat. Cook’s quivering voice and peculiar lyrics give the track a dark overtone and slightly psychedelic feel, but the most identifying characteristic of this song is that it’s just a bloody good time. The melody is unusual, and the hooks are heavy. While Cook draws your attention through the verses with its’ big hooks the sing along chorus belongs to the whole band. Luckily for you (if you live on the East coast) Maids are dragging their long locks and huge energy from Brisbane to Melbourne in February, grab yourself a ticket and get freaky.

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